Low turnout as voting starts in Baringo South by-election

Some centres have reported receiving faulty voter identification devices.

IN SUMMARY

  • The by-election was occasioned by the death of Ms Grace Kipchoim in April.

  • Four candidates are battling it out to fill the vacant seat.

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Voting started early Friday morning in many polling stations in the Baringo South by-election with some centres reporting faulty voter identification devices.

The turnout has been low but is expected to increase as the day progresses.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati speaks with a poll official in the ongoing Baringo South by-election on August 17, 2018. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Election officials at Marigat Boys High School and Kimorok polling stations were scrambling to get replacements after the Kenya Integrated Management Systems failed.

However, voting continued in other centers without hitches.

Voting in Baringo South by-election started as early as 6am. A few polling station reported receiving faulty voter identification devices. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The by-election was occasioned by the death of Ms Grace Kipchoim in April.

Candidates battling for the seat are: Charles Kamuren (Jubilee), Cynthia Kipchilat (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Paul Kimaru Motoloi (Chama Cha Mashinani) and Sylvester Sergon (Republican Labour Party).

Ongoing Baringo South by-election marked by low voter turnout in the early stages but officials expected the number of residents casting their ballots to increase as the day progresses. CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati is overseeing the voting in the constituency.

I's the first by-election occasioned by the death of an incumbent.

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